Just in time for you to be ready for the new Mary Poppins holiday movie, Rev. Gail Tapscott will share some tidbits from her years of research on the great cosmic nanny. If you thought MP was just for children come and be disabused of that notion. The lady with the parrot headed umbrella has wisdom to impart that we all need to hear in these turbulent and divisive times, You may even start to wonder if Mary Poppins was a UU.
Elsie Andre was just an 8th grader at Lafayette Middle School last spring when became the youngest speaker ever to have taken the stage at TEDx at the University of Mississippi!! Her talk was about the idea of traveling and meeting others in order to broaden one’s horizons. It was inspired by Elsie’s own experiences when she lived in Africa with her family. Her talk focuses on how traveling allows people the opportunity to meet, understand and empathize with others from different cultural backgrounds, which can often lead to “inspiration and creative breakthroughs.”
This Sunday we’ll have Elsie as our special guest at UUCO and her TED talk the centerpiece of our service! Elsie’s family has been part of UUCO’s circle of members and friends for many years; her mother is UM faculty member Laura Johnson, her father the ceramic artist Yerger Andre, and her grandmother, Cindy Johnson, joined UUCO after her recent move to Oxford from Jackson.
Come celebrate life in this service on death. The first part of the service will be a celebration, featuring our Halloween parade. Please wear a costume to this service. The latter part of the service will be more reverential, as we remember those members of our UUCO family and our individual families and friends who are no longer with us. Please bring a memento or photograph of a loved one who has passed away.
27th Annual National Observance of Children's Sabbaths Celebration "Realizing Dr. King's Vision for Every Child: Lives of Hope, Not Despair" - Sunday, October 21, 2018
Join us as thousands of religious congregations of many faiths unite their voices in speaking out and acting faithfully for children and families. We will celebrate Children's Sabbath through a service where we especially invite children to be part of the worship as well as join the adults in special activities in social action, storytelling, crafts, and song. An intergenerational service where we "celebrate shared values of justice and compassion especially for children," and welcome the chance to learn from each other.
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of National Coming Out Day - Kevin Cozart - Sunday, October 14, 2018
Kevin Cozart is the Operations Coordinator with the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at The University of Mississippi. Kevin will discuss the work of the Isom Center and his own journey of coming out and spirituality.
What Can We Learn from the Secrets of Sloths?
Guest Speaker is Maya Kaup, Gail Stratton is service leader
Join us for a service focused on appreciating nature and identifying what we can learn from animals to make our own lives more fulfilling and fun. Maya Kaup, a graduate student in the Department of Biology at Ole Miss, will be taking us on a journey through her trips to Costa Rica to study the secrets of sloths and the unusual microorganisms that live in their fur. Enjoy photos taken from her trips to the tropics, stories of her sloth-catching adventures, and learn about sloths and how they can teach us a thing or two! In addition, we will be joined by the UUCO chorus for The Rainforest Song!
All of us have many different voices in our head competing for control- the critic, the people pleaser or the rebel- to name a few common ones. Understanding what Rev. Gail Tapscott calls "the community within" can help us become more equipped to participate in creating the Beloved Community in a congregation. Come join us for a serious but fun look at your internal cast of characters.
Please join UU and Vice President of the Mississippi Humanist Association, Amy Craig, to learn about humanism, being secular in the deep south, and how being a UU makes Amy a better humanist. We'll learn more about the humanist movement in Mississippi and how it can spread to our area.
UUCO's annual OPEN HOUSE AND WELCOME for newcomers and new students in town. This service includes music and voices from our Oxford, University of Mississippi and UUCO communities.
We welcome this Sunday guest speakers from the Oxford Jewish Federation. As they share their personal journeys as Jews, we can better understand the significance of the Days of Awe that begin this week. We can join in the celebration and solemnity of knowing that we have the possibility of choosing the paths of our lives. No matter what we have been, we can change and become more of whom we want to be. Bonus: beautiful cello music!